OUR BEST HOPE for curing a runaway mind and a runaway heart may be creativity and contemplative prayer. Because they both require unhurried time, making space for these activities in our life may restore a simpler pace and give meaning to our existence.
Any spiritual pilgrim who has practiced contemplative prayer for a long time knows its power to free us from the grip of workaholism. Contemplative prayer allows us to be with God without doing anything and without striving.
Resting in Divine Presence, we experience the truth of our being. Life is a gift. We are God’s beloved. No matter what we do, we cannot earn our life or God’s love.
– Karla M. Kincannon
Creativity and Divine Surprise
From page 85 of Creativity and Divine Surprise: FInding the Place of Your Resurrection by Karla M. Kincannon. Copyright © 2005 by Karla M. Kincannon. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Look at the week ahead. Is there a time you can set aside for contemplative prayer? Share your thoughts.
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?
Jeremiah 8:22, NRSV
This Week: pray for migrant workers. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.
Did You Know?
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This week we remember: Catherine of Genoa (September 15).
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